Monday, April 20, 2009

A Very Lazy Weekend

Hello! Hope everyone had an excellent couple of days. We had a VERY lazy weekend, which was really nice, because it might be a while before we get another one of those. It was gorgeous weather outside, and we did get a few things done out in the yard. We pulled apart the compost bin, and spread the dirt out over the beds, which I then planted with lettuce, carrots, and sweet peas. We built some little topiary-things for the sweet peas to grow up, and I can't wait to see them, and more importantly SMELL them!
Jai added to the fence, and we transplanted some blackberry vines, and added a couple of roses. I spread a bale of straw out over the strawberry patch, so hopefully it won't be a mountain of grass again this year. And, of course, I spent some time admiring the progress of the tulips I planted last fall. I think they will be blooming right around the time the baby arrives :)
On Friday, Jai met me in the park with the bookmobile, and we had a picnic lunch.
I loved it! The schedule won't work out so nicely very often, but it will certainly be a special occasion when it does. And once we pull out the bicycles and dust them off, he'll be able to bike home for lunch occasionally. His co-workers threw us a little baby party today at lunch time. I walked over, and they had the room all decorated in a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" theme, as well as mountains of food, and a pile of gifts! How sweet is that?
We had so much fun, and it was nice to see how much everyone likes working with Jai. They've also started a baby pool, where everyone had to guess the date, sex, and weight of the baby. Most people said girl, so we'll see. Plus they got us our very own copy of "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" as well as some other beautiful books, and a gift certificate to the web-site "Parenting by Nature" which is an excellent Canadian store, and totally worth checking out, if you never have. I think we will pick up a Moby Wrap, so I can "wear" the baby, but still have two hands free.

On the way home, I stopped in at the Post Office, and my fabric arrived from Wazoodle! So I sewed up two new wet-bags this afternoon before Jai got home from work. The new fabric (it's called ProCare Barrier Fabric) is so much nicer than the vinyl I used for the first one, and I am very happy with the results!

And I'm trying to spend at least a little bit of every day with my feet up (doctor's orders!) so I did get another little stitched picture finished. This one isn't framed, and I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but it was a perfect activity for sitting and relaxing. And I think it's cute - I got the image from one of the antique photos I picked up along the way.
Anyway, I think that's all our news. We're having Greek food for dinner tonight. One of the challenges/benefits of living in a very small town is that if you have any sort of craving for anything that could even remotely be defined as ethnic food, you will have to make it yourself. And you may have to be very creative with your ingredients. So along with our greek salad, with home-made greek dressing, we are having pita and home-made tzatziki (we did actually manage to find one package of pita in our local store, and it's whole wheat, no less.) This is my second attempt at tzatziki from scratch, and this time I think it's perfect! Last time I followed a recipe, and it was just way too garlick-y, and we both really like garlic. This time, I sort of melded together a couple of different recipes, and it's delicious! Now if I can only make it again....


sherrieg said...

The topiary thing looks great, the tulips will be beautiful, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a VERY popular read in this house, Bookmobiles are AWESOME!, Greek food is delicious, Moby Wraps are fantastic, and the wet bag looks great! Oh, and I can't wait to see the babe. :) Phew!

Anonymous said...

hi guys! The topiary thing looks very good - well constructed. I decided to use my tomato cones for my snow peas this year ... hopefully it works as I envision it! Otherwise, I'll need the SleepingForest design team to come fix my garden next year! Hey Jo, I'm going on a search for a used tire for my umbrella clothesline - want me to pick one up for you as well? I'll share the bag of cement too. Well guys - 9 more sleeps give or take a week or so ... we are very excited! Love always, XOXOXO GAGIW(Grandma-and-Grandpa-in-waiting)

Anonymous said...

Hi guys: Very nice of Jai's co-workers to give you such a nice little party. It is finally spring here and so great to have the tulips and daffodils up and spreading their sunshine. We are now going north on weekends (Dad is there now) to get things ready for long weekend. Can hardly wait for the arrival of our newest addition - just remember to call my cell with the news-can't tell where we will be.
Love always, Mom & Dad